Vatican Radio Tests DRM+ 

The digital transmitter used the same antenna system as that of the analog. The test partners were Nautel, Fraunhofer and RFmondial.

HD Radio Grabbing More Space in Vehicles 

There are now 109 different HD Radio offerings available in vehicles, encompassing 22 different brands.

FCC Releases Fifth EAS Report and Order 

Some highlights: CAP converters are allowed, but governor must-carry is denied.

NAB Accepting Entries for 2012 Crystal Radio Awards 

Entries are due by Jan. 31, 2012.

2012 NAB Show Addresses Great Content Shift 

Marina Gorbis of the Institute for the Future will keynote? the Wednesday general session.

New York Festivals Calls for 2012 Radio Program and Promotion Awards Entries 

New Categories this year include Program Open, Best Regularly Scheduled Sports Program, Best Sports Special, and Best Student Documentary.

Uncle Joe Benson of KLOS, House Research Institute Tout Healthy Hearing at 2012 NAMM 

Benson will appear at the HRI booth on Jan. 21, 2012, to encourage audio professionals to check their hearing while learning about noise-induced hearing loss.

German DAB+ Facilities to Improve In-car Reception 

Eleven new transmission sites have been added across the country to expand DAB+ coverage with the goal of improving coverage along major highways.

ARD, German Broadcasters to Use DAB+ for Traffic Info 

The new service, based on TPEG, and able to transmit text and images, will start up in the first quarter of 2012.

FCC Submits LPFM Impact Report to Congress 

The FCC short summary: LPFM stations do not have a demonstrable economic impact on full-service commercial FM radio stations.

Australia Gains Christian Station on DAB+ 

Inspire Digital now broadcasts in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide on DAB+.

Dhaka FM Becomes First HD Radio Station in Bangladesh 

The new station goes on the air as part of the country's phase II of FM commercialization authorizing new FM broadcast licenses there.

New UK DAB Station to Launch: Black Cat Radio 

The signal covers an area about 60 miles north of London.

Carlisle, PA, Radio Station Suffers Fire 

No one was injured in the fire, because no one was in the building during the New Year's weekend.

FCC Extends Deadline for Asymmetrical Sideband Comments 

The new deadlines add an additional two weeks. The new comment deadline is Jan. 3, 2012.

Tower Climber Dies on Tower in SW Florida 

Nick Rouskey of Cape Coral, FL, was replacing a tower beacon when he became unresponsive.

FCC Approves AT&T Purchase of Qualcomm "Underutilized" Spectrum 

The licenses at issue cover more than 300 million people nationwide and use the lower 700MHz D and E block.

FCC Issues First White Space Approvals 

Initial operation under this approval will be limited to Wilmington, NC, and the surrounding area.

FCC Issues Notice to Again Modify Ownership Rules 

The FCC changed the rules earlier in 2011, but a federal court overruled the decision because of a lack of public notice.

FEMA Launches IPAWS Course for Public Warning Officials 

The course is designed for emergency managers, law enforcement officials, fire department personnel, dispatch personnel, NWS personnel, and other authorized centers.

RNT Lyon Project Doubles Available Stations 

The project already has 15 stations on-air.

iBiquity, NAB Fastroad Release Asymmetrical IBOC Sideband Lab Tests Results 

The transmission method affords broadcasters the ability to mitigate potential first-adjacent digital-to-analog interference.

CMFE, AMARC Make Plea for FM Band Preservation, Adoption of DRM+ 

Community radio needs are a foundation of the concern.

German Broadcaster SWR Expands to DAB+ 

Four programs are now offered on the digital radio service.

Sydney, 2Day FM Bring New Year's Eve 2011 to Visually Impaired 

A pop-up radio station, called NYE2011, will provide commentary of Australia's largest New Year's Eve fireworks display.

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